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Sinus Lift – Mooresville, NC

Create a Successful Foundation for Dental Implants

Are you ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants? That is great! You will enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth using a solution that can last for a lifetime. Unfortunately, you need a sinus lift before you can get started. There is no need to worry. This is a common procedure that is required before the placement of the implant posts. It helps to ensure the long-term success of your new smile. Dr. Keadle provides the customized treatment plan you need to create a successful foundation for your replacement teeth.

What is a Sinus Lift?

older woman smilingA sinus lift, also called a sinus augmentation, is a procedure that adds bone to your jaw to create more space by the maxillary sinuses. The surgery is used to add bone in the areas by your molars and premolars to ensure there is enough room for the implant posts and your sinus membranes. The entire process moves your sinuses upward to accommodate the additional bone.

Do I Need a Sinus Lift?

model of dental implant and sinusNot everyone who is interested in dental implants will require a sinus lift. During your initial consultation for dental implants, your dentist will assess the images and CT scan of your oral structures to determine if you need the treatment to make your new smile a success.

The long-term viability of dental implants relies on their ability to fuse with your bone. There must be adequate bone to support them to create a secure foundation for your prosthetic teeth. This allows them to potentially last forever.

Unfortunately, if you have lived with tooth loss for several years, there may not be enough bone to support the posts. In addition, there are other factors that may impact your jawbone. As a result, Dr. Keadle may recommend a sinus lift under these circumstances:

  • You do not have enough bone height in your upper jaw.
  • Your sinuses are too close to the jaw.
  • You have lost bone from periodontal disease.
  • You have bone loss from prolonged untreated missing teeth.

What Can I Expect with a Sinus Lift?

sinus liftDr. Keadle harvests bone from another area of your body or from a donor to allow it to be transplanted to the treatment site. Sedation or anesthesia is used as your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. An oval hole is cut into the bone to allow your sinus membranes to be lifted upward. The graft is packed into the space and your gum tissue is sutured closed.

Over the next 4 to 10 months, your body accepts the graft to enhance the height of your jawbone. As with any surgery, it is normal to experience some slight pain and discomfort, but it will subside within a couple of weeks.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are interested in dental implants but suffer from bone loss, Dr. Keadle can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a sinus lift. We look forward to helping you rebuild a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts.